Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (203)

David Stanton

Question:

203. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 67 of 28 November 2013, regarding the opening of a new second-level school in Carrigtwohill in 2016-17 under the patronage of the Cork Education and Training Board with the involvement of the Catholic Bishop of Cloyne, if his Department has examined the possibility of the new school operating ASD-specific facilities to cater for the growing demand for post-primary places for autistic children in east County Cork who are currently enrolled in special classes in mainstream primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4965/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As a matter of policy, my Department liaises with the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) in relation to special education needs provision in all new post primary schools. Accordingly, my Department will be liaising with both the NCSE and the Patron of the school in question in relation to this matter prior to finalising the schedule of accommodation for the school.